Series: Bromance Book Club #1
Published by Berkley on November 5, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, sports romance
Tropes: Second Chance
Source: Berkley, Netgalley
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Narrator: Andrew Eiden, Maxwell Caulfield
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
The first rule of book club:
You don't talk about book club.
Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.
Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.
Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.
THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB
by Lyssa Kay Adams
These illustrated covers always get me. This time though I mostly got what I expected. THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB is the dream of every reader – men that read books? Damn! But men that read ROMANCE?? Seriously! Can it get any better?
Below you’ll find my thoughts on the story, characters and romance. I know some of it may sound like I didn’t like it all that much that it deserves the 4-star rating but there are these books that I enjoy immensely despite the niggles. THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB is one of those.
This story begins when Thea and Gavin’s romance is over and their marriage is on the rocks. When baseball pro Gavin finds out that his wife had been faking it in bed for the length of their marriage he is distraught. He feels betrayed and hurt, his reaction, while not stellar is understandable – he moves out of the marital bedroom and gives Thea the silent treatment for a month. Until Thea has had enough and she tells her husband to move out. Which Gavin does.
You would think that this is a rather easy issue to solve – the love between them is still there and this is what the author does extremely well. There is no doubt in my mind that the two main characters love one another. But once you open that can of worms you can’t put the lid back on and it becomes apparent that this is only a symptom of their troubles and not the root.
I loved Gavin. Without reserve. With his stutter and readiness to fix what he thought he broke he is as endearing as they come. He is prepared to do anything to get his marriage back on track, even read *gasp* romance! This is where The Bromance Book Club comes in. His friends convince him that reading romance books will help him understand women better, give him more insight into their emotional life and the tools to win the love of his life back. While he is skeptical in the beginning he soon sees some progress.
He tasted like toothpaste and whiskey and a shot of long-lost dreams.
But when it comes to love and feelings it’s often one step forward two steps back and at times I wanted to shake Thea. She said in the beginning that there are two parties in a relationship and they are both at fault but she sure didn’t act like it. For most of the book she refused to take on responsibility for their troubles and made it seem like the whole fault laid at Gavin’s door. That didn’t make me happy because this guy was trying so hard and at some point I wanted Gavin to throw the towel and see where that leads him. Yet, I can’t say Thea was unlikable. There is a certain realism to the way she acted and I didn’t have to like it.
“I’m trying to put us back together, Thea. Can’t you meet me halfway?”
I was glad to see that, eventually, Thea realized that Gavin was one of the best men she’d ever met and that Gavin stopped letting Thea get away with everything. When they both started working on their relationship they got to know each other anew, opened up to one another and overcame what separated them.
“You need to stop focusing all your attention on the fact that she faked it and start asking yourself why the fuck you didn’t notice.”
Which brings me to something else that drove me a little batty – Thea’s sister Liv. What a spiteful, hateful bitch. She was horrible to everyone except the couple’s twins. I have so much dislike for her I have no idea how the author will make me love her because she’ll be the heroine of the next book in this new series. I’m happy to give her a chance though because like I said, even though I was irritated about some aspects I truly enjoyed this book.
Gavin’s group of friends was awesome. They were like this unorganized, loud-mouthed, good-natured bunch of guys who ribbed each other which included some toilet humor. Mack, the guy who surprised me the most in the end, was a riot. He made me laugh so many times and I can’t wait to see what he will do with Liv.
THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB is a second chance romance that started out with a lot of humor but became a lot more serious and deeper as I progressed. If that is your jam don’t hesitate to pick this up!
She was his wife. The love of his life. And for three years, he had failed to make her feel this way. To make her feel safe enough to be open to feeling this way. He had failed her so many ways, so many times. He wasn’t failing her again.